21 points from 23 games is the worst we have ever done in the Premier League after this number of games played – although it’s exactly what we had three years ago when we also happened to be in the Europa League.
Three years ago we were in 16th place in the league table with 21 points and had a goal difference of -13 compared to the -16 we have now.
We has just lost 2-1 to Reading at home and they were 3rd bottom on 19 points and the following week we brough in Sissoko, Gouffran, Haidara and Yanga-Mbiwa.
Mathieu Debuchy had been signed earlier that January.
Mike Ashley – last May on Sky Sports
At that time Mike said we will make our own luck from now on
What happened then was that just over six months after finishing 5th in the Premier League we were battling relegation and the main reason for that was that we brought in only one new player – Vurnon Anita – even though we ended up playing 14 more games in the Europa League and it simply decimated the squad.
Since we are only 3 points from safety at the moment when you consider our goal difference – we have the 3rd worst in the division – then one way we could possibly escape relegation is to payout the money for Andros Townsend and Saido Berahino – and of course even then it will not guarantee we can avoid the drop.
But rather than argue over a couple of million for Townsend we should pay up and the same for Berahino – or else face the consequences of losing out on around £135M every May with the new Premier League rights deal which kicks in this June.
With every defeat like today relegation becomes more real.
We know Mike Ashley is only motivated to keep Newcastle in the Premier League and because we have limited ambition in aiming only for a top ten finish – we have been fighting relegation for three of the last four seasons.
It’s now all coming back to bite us.
It would be a complete and utter disaster if Newcastle are relegated again from the Premier League – but make no mistake – given our propensity to lose games – it’s becoming an ever more real possibility.
Splash the cash now Mike – or lose out on all the Premier League money – it seems as simple as that.